I recently read The Fall by Albert Camus, originally published in 1956. I found the book to essentially be about non-existence and altruism as self-gratification. I also found it to speak a timeless truth about the way people behave towards each other and use each other. Here are seven quotes from the novel that particularly stood out to me.
“They’ll be able to sum up modern man in a single sentence: he fornicated and read the papers.”
“I have always mocked the greed which, in our society, takes the place of ambition.”
“You know what charm is: a way of obtaining the answer ‘yes’ without having asked a clear question.”
“Men are not convinced of your arguments, your sincerity or the seriousness of your suffering, except by your death. As long as you are alive, your case is debatable and you only deserve their skepticism.”
“You are only excused for happiness and success if you generously agree to share them. But if one is to be happy, one should not worry too much about other people – which means that there is no way out. Happy and judged or absolved and miserable.”
“The more I accuse myself, the more I have the right to judge you. Better still: I incite you to judge yourself, which relieves me by that much more.”